Addressing the central recommendation from the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 of ‘putting people first’, the „People First Impact Method“ (P-FIM) is a cost effective and efficient way to ensure that humanitarian response is timely, relevant and appropriate, where communities play their rightful role and the dignity of people affected by crisis is respected. It strengthens local civil society and enables humanitarian actors to build on existing structures, instead of creating parallel ones. P-FIM allows communities to identify the important changes in their lives and what these are attributable to and reveals the wider dynamics within the life of a community.
Therefore, two exercises in Germany and DR Congo were focused in participatory communication, open questioning, listening techniques and integrated human development. For most participants the trainings were eye-opening and it is impressive to read how they managed to integrate the learnings into their professional work and private lives.